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Japanese language self-learner. Fluent in English and to a lesser extent Chinese.


Aug
1
answered Does 髭 refer to the beard or the moustache?
Aug
1
asked から and ので formation/conjugation differences
Aug
1
comment Does the use of は or omitting は affect the listener's reply?
I think we simply interpreted the converse of your answer. It's not explicitly there as you mentioned.
Aug
1
accepted Does the use of は or omitting は affect the listener's reply?
Aug
1
comment Does the use of は or omitting は affect the listener's reply?
The both of you have been very helpful, in fact the current revisions of both answers do not seem to contain conflicting information, just different ways of presenting a similar idea. I specifically like Dave M G's answer for explicitly showing redundancy in 毎日は読みます. The same thing can be derived from Tsuyoshi's answer. Tsuyoshi's answer further goes on to show what's wrong with 毎日読みません even though not explicitly shown in the answer, but it can be deduced.
Aug
1
comment Does the use of は or omitting は affect the listener's reply?
I'm very sure that そうですね is only a 相槌 and provides us with no contextual clues. The problem is what happens with and without は for the affirmative and negative statements.
Aug
1
comment Does the use of は or omitting は affect the listener's reply?
@Tsuyoshi, I think I understand what you're trying to get at, although it's quite hard to extract it from your answer, but it is in there. What you're saying as "natural" or "unnatural" is due to は acting as "context glue"(in layman terms). 毎日読みません makes the reply seem disjunct from the previous statement. As though the person replying was not part of the conversation in the first place. With は, the reply is "glued" to a previous context because the reply refers to a specific concept established by person A.
Aug
1
comment Does the use of は or omitting は affect the listener's reply?
It means to refer to only that, and nothing else. It creates a new "context" for which his statement operates on. Instead of simply saying "Everyday I......", with は the sentence parses into "As for the specific frequency of "Everyday"......"
Jul
31
awarded  Nice Question
Jul
31
revised Does the use of は or omitting は affect the listener's reply?
Added deeper analysis. Asked better questions.
Jul
31
comment Does the use of は or omitting は affect the listener's reply?
If it's not playing a contrastive role, it must be playing it's disambiguative role then.
Jul
31
comment Does the use of は or omitting は affect the listener's reply?
I cannot think of は as introducing a contrastive element because there's no other contextual information I can fall back on. In the case of XはA、YはB。Y is contrasted against X. But if it is 毎日は, the idea it's being compared to (which should have been introduced earlier in context) would be of the form (not毎日)は. And that wouldn't make sense would it?
Jul
31
asked Does the use of は or omitting は affect the listener's reply?
Jul
31
revised Combining に/で particles with 等【など】(or other “etc.” stand-ins)
Added more examples, improved formatting.
Jul
31
answered Combining に/で particles with 等【など】(or other “etc.” stand-ins)
Jul
30
comment How do I decide when to use plain or past verb form?
If i'm not wrong, "途中" is used for "on the way"
Jul
30
awarded  Vox Populi
Jul
30
comment What does する means when it does not mean “do” ?
@Pacerier I've been learning on my own.
Jul
30
asked Transitive/Intransitive + にくい (and +られる)
Jul
30
comment “Unsolvable problem”
Will do, i'm drafting the question based on the discussion here.